Calendar

The calendar is now sortable by category and by tag, both at the top of the calendar. You can use the button at the foot of the calendar to add this calendar to your own (Google, Apple, Timely etc). The print button at the top will print the page you’re on. Clicking on the main calendar bar (top left) allows you to choose a date to jump to. PLEASE NOTE – where an event is marked as ‘ALL DAY’ it may be best to check with the organisers in case they have not submitted a start and/or end time to us …

To submit your event to the ECF calendar – click here. This will also enable you to submit your event to the International Rating Office for registration with FIDE if it is FIDE-rated or has a FIDE-rated section(s)* | For a PDF of the ECF Event Calendar (updated every 4-6 weeks) – click here (PDF updated December 10th 2019)
* English events or events covered by the ECF only, obviously …

Official FIDE events … http://www.fide.com/calendar … and the rest – worldwide chess events from the FIDE website – http://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html

To submit your FIDE-rated event to the FIDE Events Calendar, click this link – https://www.fide.com/calendar/tournaments.html?view=calendar&task=uregister

A new badge system has been introduced whenever possible from 26/3/18 onwards. An amber wheelchair (below) means that the venue has at least some disability-friendly aspects, whereas a green wheelchair (also below) means it’s particularly so. In all cases, but especially where no badge is evident, PLEASE contact the organisers for more details …


The links to external websites within the calendar are being provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only; they do not constitute an endorsement or an approval by the ECF of any of the products and services available or opinions expressed on or accuracy of these other websites …

Nov
11
Fri
2016
Torbay Congress @ Livermead Hotel
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 13 @ 7:00 pm

Four tournaments: Open, U170, U140 and U120. Please phone before 10pm.

Nov
12
Sat
2016
65th Hertfordshire Congress @ County Hall
Nov 12 – Nov 13 all-day

Contact: Kidge Elder Email: organiser@hertfordshirechesscongress.com Web: http://www.hertschesscongress.com
5-round Weekend Chess Congress organised by Hertfordshire Chess Association. Open, U170, U140, U110. Prize Fund: £2000+. Ample free on-site parking. Cafeteria

Dec
17
Sat
2016
10th Northwick Park Five Round Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – Dec 18 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk
This popular five round event consists of three sections, Open, Major and Minor. The Open and Major are both FIDE rated. The Major is ECF graded only and entry to it is open to those under 115 ECF and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating. The Major is restricted to under 1860 FIDE
The Open starts at 9 am on Saturday and 9.30 on Sunday. Major and Minor start at 9.45 both days [MAP] Entry form

CCF Christmas Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – Dec 18 @ 11:00 pm
Dec
28
Wed
2016
London Christmas Chess Congress @ University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk
This established Congress consists of three sections, OPEN, MAJOR and MINOR. The Open and Major are FIDE rated. The Minor is ECF graded only and is restricted to players under ECF 125 and to ungraded players who do not have a FIDE rating. The Major is under 1940 FIDE. This Congress is part of a larger event with over 600 competitors run by the London Junior Chess Championships Charitable Trust (registered charity number 1129010 [MAP] Entry form

London Junior Chess Championships @ University of Westminster, Harrow HA1 3TP
Dec 28 @ 9:45 am – Dec 30 @ 8:30 pm

Contact: Arnold Lutton Email: entry@ljcc.co.uk Web: http://www.ljcc.co.uk
This prestigious event has sections for Under 8, Under 12, Under 16 and Under 18/21. The Under 18/21 is combined with the LJCC Christmas Open.
The Under 8 is held over two days, 29th and 30th December. The other sections play on all three days. The Under 18/21 and Under 16 are both FIDE rated. The Under 12 attracts a very large entry and is run as Major and Minor sections. Competitors must gain qualification to play in the Under 8 and Under 12 as detailed at www.ljcc.co.uk
There are also sections for Under 10 and Under 14 on 17th and 18th December at the same venue [MAP] Entry form

Jan
6
Fri
2017
Shropshire Congress @ Wrekin Housing Trust, Telford TF3 4AW
Jan 6 – Jan 8 all-day

Contact: Steve Rooney Email: steve.rooney@busandcoach.com Web: http://www.shropshirechesscongress.org.uk
FIDE Open, Major and Minor sections. A welcoming event at a superb venue which provides excellent facilities for an enjoyable weekend of competitive chess [MAP]

Feb
4
Sat
2017
40th Annual Kidlington Chess Tournament @ Exeter Hall, Oxford Rd, Kidlington, Oxfordshire OX5 1AB
Feb 4 @ 9:30 am – Feb 5 @ 6:00 pm

Contact: Gerard O’Reilly Email: gerard@fianchetto.co.uk Web: http://www.kidlingtonchess.org.uk/
4 sections: Open, U180, U145, U120. 5 rounds in each section: 3 on Saturday (starting 9.30am, 2pm, 6.30pm), 2 on Sunday (starting 9.30am, 2pm). Half-point bye available in any one of first four rounds.
Time allowance: 90 minutes, plus 15 seconds increment per move from move 1.
Prize fund approx. £2000 [MAP] Entry form

Feb
18
Sat
2017
Wiltshire & West of England Junior Open Championships @ St. Joseph's College Catholic College, Swindon
Feb 18 @ 9:45 am – Feb 19 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Bev Schofield Email: bev@schofieldhall.co.uk
Although this (31st) Junior Open Congress is organised by Wiltshire Junior Chess, it is open to ANY chess player under 18 on the 31st August 2016 [MAP] Entry form

Feb
25
Sat
2017
Warwickshire Open Chess Championships @ Coventry Rugby Club, Butts Rd, Coventry CV1
Feb 25 @ 9:30 am – Feb 26 @ 5:30 pm

Contact: Ed Goodwin Email: enquiries@congress.warwickshirechess.org Web: http://www.congress.warwickshirechess.org
There will be four sections – Open, Under 170, Under 145 and Under 120. All events 5 rounds. Time control 30 moves in 70 mins, plus 20 mins, plus 10 secs per move throughout. The open section is a qualifier for the 2017 British Championships [MAP]

Mar
10
Fri
2017
41st Blackpool Chess Conference @ The Imperial Hotel, Promenade, Blackpool FY1
Mar 10 @ 7:00 pm – Mar 12 @ 6:15 pm

Contact: Simon Woodcock Email: blackpoolchessconference@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.blackpoolchess.org.uk
£6400 prize fund. 5 rounds. All moves in110 minutes with 10 second increment added with each move. Open, under 181 Major, under 155 Intermediate, under 135 Minor and under 115 Standard sections. Closing date for entries Thursday 9th March 2017 [MAP] Entry form

Apr
1
Sat
2017
3rd Polar Capital Jersey International Tournament @ Ambassadeur Hotel, St Clement's Rd, JE2 4QA, Jersey
Apr 1 – Apr 8 all-day

Contact: CM Paul Wojciechowski Email: paulmwoj@gmail.com Web: http://www.jerseychessclub.com
9 Round Open; 9 Round Holiday (under 1900 ELO/Under 160 ECF); Blitz [MAP]

35th St. Albans Chess Congress (ECF Congress of the Year) @ St. Columba's College, King Harry Ln, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4AW
Apr 1 – Apr 2 all-day

Contact: Terry Douse Email: stalbanscongress@yahoo.co.uk Web: http://www.stalbanscongress.com
5 round Swiss with 5 sections – Minor 120 and below, Intermediate 140 and below, Major 160 and below, Challengers 180 and below, Open – no grade limits. Over £3250 prize fund, large playing hall, ample free car parking, hot and cold food available. Easy access to M1 and M25, also good rail links. Free WiFi. [MAP]

42nd Nottingham Congress @ Nottingham High School, Waverley Mt, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG7 4ED
Apr 1 @ 10:00 am – Apr 2 @ 5:45 pm

Contact. Robert Richmond Email: robrchmnd@aol.com Web: http://nottschess.org
OPEN, U165, U135, U110 – 5 rounds. Entry form and online entry on the Notts Chess website [MAP]
1st prize in the Open – £650.00

Apr
14
Fri
2017
WECU 70th Open Easter Congress @ The Royal Beacon Hotel, Exmouth, Devon EX8 2AG
Apr 14 @ 9:45 am – Apr 17 @ 2:30 pm

Contact: Meyrick Shaw Email: wecu@hotmail.co.uk Web: http://www.chessdevon.org.uk [MAP]
Three sections: FIDE rated Open (incl. West of England Championship); FIDE rated Major U1950 (ECF U170 if no FIDE grade); Minor ECF rated U130. Also included is the WECU Ladies Championship – The Elizabeth Walker Cup. Free entry for GMs & IMs. Discounted entry for juniors | Entry form

CCF Easter Congress @ 84-90 Chipstead Valley Road, Coulsdon
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – Apr 15 @ 11:00 pm
Southend Easter Congress @ Southend Adult Community College Ambleside Drive, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 2UN
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – Apr 17 @ 3:00 pm

Contact: Adam Raoof Email: adamraoof@gmail.com Web: http://www.southendchesscongress.org.uk
Annual Easter FIDE-rated International over 7 rounds PLUS FOUR ECF graded weekend tournaments of 7 rounds – Under 170, Under 145, Under 120 and Under 95. 90 mins per player plus 30 seconds a move, SS1 2UN

Bolton Easter Congress & Busy Persons Blitz @ Ukrainian Social Club 99 Castle Street Bolton BL2 1JP
Apr 14 @ 12:30 pm – Apr 16 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Rod Middleton Email: roderickmiddleton@yahoo.co.uk [MAP]
Five round congress. Open Championship (FIDE rated), Major (U170), Knights (U135). 2 rounds Friday, 1 Saturday and 2 on Easter Sunday. Saturday afternoon Blitz starting at 14:30. £1780 prize fund | Entry form

Apr
22
Sat
2017
Great Yarmouth Chess Congress @ Town Hall, Hall Plain, Great Yarmouth NR30
Apr 22 @ 9:30 am – Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: John Wickham Email: j.r.wickham@btinternet.com
5 Round Swiss. Open, U170, U145 & U120. Enhanced prize fund of over £2,000, thanks to our main sponsor Kingsley Healthcare [MAP] Entry form

May
12
Fri
2017
28th Frome Chess Congress @ Selwood Academy, Berkley Road, Frome, Somerset BA11 2EF
May 12 @ 7:00 pm – May 14 @ 7:00 pm

Contact: Gerry Jepps Email: gnjepps@btinternet.com Web: http://www.somersetchess.org/frome_congress/FromeHome.html [MAP]
Four 5-round Swiss tournaments (Open, U165, U140, U110) with 4-hour playing sessions. The Congress is a WECU designated British Championship qualifying event, part of the Tradewise Grand Prix and includes the Somerset Championships. The Open is FIDE-rated. The restaurant, bookstall and analysis areas are separate from the playing areas and there is ample (free) car parking | Entry form

Jun
3
Sat
2017
East Anglian Chess Union 2017 Congress @ The Turner Hall, Church Lane, Newmarket CB8 0HL
Jun 3 @ 9:30 am – Jun 4 @ 6:30 pm

Contact: Richard Freeman Email: richard@fcasolutions.co.uk [MAP]
A five round Swiss tournament with three sections – Open, U170 and U130. Time control 36 moves in 80 minutes, plus 10 minutes, plus 15 seconds per move from move 1. The Open is a British Championship qualifier, and is also the final event in the EACU’s 2017 British Championship nomination process | Entry form

Jun
30
Fri
2017
2nd North Wales FIDE Open @ St David's Room, Venue Cymru, Promenade, Llandudno, LL30 1BB
Jun 30 – Jul 2 all-day

— (incorporating 4th Colwyn Bay Congress) Contact: Syringa Camp Email: northwaleschess@aol.com [MAP] £1,625 guaranteed prize fund. FIDE-rated Open, FIDE-rated Major (U1900/U160), Minor (U120/U1600). Prizes in each section: 1st-£250, 2nd-£150, 3rd-£75, Grading Prize-£50. Also £50 junior prize for highest scoring U18 as at 1st Jan 2017 (any section) | Entry form

 

Jul
15
Sat
2017
Scottish Chess Championship & International Open @ Bonar Hall, Park Place, Dundee DD14HN
Jul 15 – Jul 23 all-day

Contact: Alex McFarlane Email: scottishchamps@ChessScotland.com Web: http://www.ScottishChessChamp.co.uk [MAP]
Scottish Championship incorporated in a 9 round International Open event, norm opportunities available – 15th-23rd July; Scottish Blitz Championship – Saturday 15th July; Under 1850 event – Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Under 1850 Senior event -Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Schools’ Individual event – Sunday 16th – Friday 21st; Rapidplay – Sat 22nd – Sunday 23rd July | Entry form

Weald Chess Congress @ The Sports Centre, Copthorne Prep School, Effingham Lane, Copthorne, West Sussex RH10 3HR
Jul 15 – Jul 16 all-day

Contact: Carol Graham Email: info@wealdchesscongress.org Web: http://www.wealdchesscongress.org [MAP] 5 round standardplay Swiss in 4 sections; Open, U175, U140, U110. Incorporating the SCCU Individual Championship (BCC qualifying place). Discount for entry before 3rd July | Entry form

Jul
28
Fri
2017
2017 British Chess Championships @ Venue Cymru, The Promenade, Vaughan St, Llandudno LL30 1AN
Jul 28 – Aug 6 all-day